Minecraft 1.5 coming in 'roughly two weeks'

Lead designer says long-awaited Redstone update will arrive in early March.

Minecraft lead designer Jens Bergensten has confirmed that the 1.5 update to Minecraft, known as the Redstone update, will be released in early March.

"Minecraft 1.5 will be released in roughly 2 weeks, early March," said Bergensten on Twitter.

The Redstone update was announced at Minecon 2012 last November and will bring numerous fixes to the game, including a new rendering engine and support for HD texture packs. There's also a tweaked inventory system, a scoreboard, and more detailed death messages. The Minecraft wiki has a full list of planned changes.

Last month it was announced that the Minecraft series has now sold more than 20 million copies.

For more information on Minecraft, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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raahsnavj
raahsnavj

Looks very interesting indeed.Can't wait to deploy this on my server and start anew!

soulfulDAGGER
soulfulDAGGER

Glorious Redstone come to me. I am ready. Ready to build my time machine that can also play Tetris while traveling back in time to destroy whoever created the #%^@ Creepers.

AlexFili
AlexFili

I sort of feel like Minecraft has lost it's way. Nothing revolutionary has happened since they added a hunger bar and an experience meter. It's still good... but they definitely need to step up their game to keep people interested.

rice2555
rice2555

In my experience, the people who have an extreme dislike for this game tend to not be very intelligent. They don't posses any kind of creative or analytical ability, nor the attention span, to create something bigger than a 5x5 square house.


I get that not everyone can get into a game where you must actually think, where the enjoyment only goes as far as the imagination and skill of the user, but even still, running around forums and bashing people who like this game is really just like walking around with a big sign that reads "look at me, I'm a moron".

apolloooo
apolloooo

good article, but regarding to the few first paragraph, creating emotional games doesn't need top notch tech, amazing graphics , fluid animation , etc. it require heart more than anything. look at "To The Moon", it was created with RPG maker but the story is so engaging and emotional

Sekhemket
Sekhemket

I never understood the need for people to insult Minecraft. I'm not a painter, I do not like working with paint or a canvass but I'd never go tell someone that enjoys painting that painting is stupid and not fun. Then proceed to insult that person for enjoying working with paint. 

Minecraft is the same way, for people that are creative and like to build things the game is insanely addictive. Not to mention you can get together with your friends and build unbelievable worlds plus the 1000's of mods that add all kinds of crazy stuff to the game. 

 Just recently a group of guys finished a map with Bioshock's Rapture built into it.

PAL360
PAL360

20 million? :o

Good to see one of the best and most unique games this generation selling this good!

Fushell
Fushell

i couldnt get into this game but some of the shit people make it insane

highlanderjimd
highlanderjimd

I still dont "get" minecraft


nothing at all appeals to me. On the otherhand i totally understand the lunacy and insane glory of the madness that occurs within Garys Mod!

Ovirew
Ovirew

You mean Minecraft is finally going to do something new?  Wow.

WCK619
WCK619

>>Stairs no longer prevent sprinting

FREEDOM, FREEDOM AT LAST

Sekhemket
Sekhemket

Sweet, I like the how they have separated all the textures into individual files now. Instead of one giant file. Now we can easily pick and choose which textures we want from each pack and build are own custom ones. 

Sekhemket
Sekhemket

@AlexFili I think once we get the mod api, the game is gonna vastly change. 

drswank
drswank

@rice2555 I think that's a tad too harsh to say. Admittedly, I played for a month and enjoyed mining and killing creatures. My issue was with my lack of artistic talent. I did enjoy building a rudimentary skull out of the side of the underground mountain bunker that was my home, though. I had underwater rooms and a glass floor over lava. Nothing really to post on YouTube, mind you, but I had fun with the month or so that I played it. Nowadays, I just play with my gf's little sister as she digs straight downwards, but she has fun doing it!

Not implying that *I'm* a moron, but I'd like to think I'm a pretty smart guy. I can build a computer, I just can't fix a car. But I just sorta became "meh" to the whole Minecraft experience because I just don't feel like making a working computer out of redstone :P. 

What I'm getting at is:  don't call people morons for not liking this game.  Some people would rather destroy things a la Bad Company 2 rather than build in their off time ;).

707107
707107

@apolloooo Hee, top "notch".

puns.

Ultra_Taco
Ultra_Taco

@Sekhemket People hate on Minecraft just to hate on Minecraft. The same goes for Notch. I don't even understand why, but I guess it is the "cool thing" now to hate on things that are popular (Minecraft, Call of Duty, Apple, etc.).

LAnoirFAN
LAnoirFAN

@Suikogaiden no, people likes it because it's original and different, and you can NEVER get bored with all these mods it has.

Evilnator
Evilnator

@highlanderjimd It's escentially Lego, except you need to find, extract, or create the blocks you want, plus maps are randomly generated so you're constantly in a new and unfamiliar environment and there is a sense of danger to the expliration. If anything, at least try it.

Sekhemket
Sekhemket

@Ovirew The game has content updates just about ever 2 months. Not to mention the 1000's of mods. It is constantly doing something new.

danielwd
danielwd

@Sekhemket I agree, previously I had to manually edit the borderlands texture file to have water from a different pack. Now it will be considerably easier.

Sekhemket
Sekhemket

@drswank He was refering to people that have an "Extreme Dislike for the game". To the point where the troll forums to bash it and anyone who plays it. 

StinkySkunkGirl
StinkySkunkGirl

@Ultra_Taco @Sekhemket Notch is very easy to hate. I love Minecraft, but I can't stand hearing about him or his cult of personality. It's very possible to love a game and not give two shits about the people behind it. Jeb seems pretty ok, though.

phillkillv2
phillkillv2

@rice2555 @Sekhemket @drswank Yes, there is only so much you can do in the game. If you do what the game is intended to in which that is survive then the game gets really stale.

rice2555
rice2555

@Sekhemket @drswank Pretty much exactly what Sekhemket said. I myself used to play all the time but since got tired, ran out of ideas, and didn't want to mine another million blocks of stone to make some new castle.

I was just interested in noting that, from my own perspective, it takes a rather unimaginative person to not even be able to see what someone else may enjoy about the game.


707107
707107

@Hardizla You know that if you don't like something you should kindly leave others who do alone, that is just polite you know.